From acclaimed author Kate Messner comes the powerful story of a young girl with the courage to make her voice heard, set against the backdrop of a summertime mystery.
When Mia moves to Vermont the summer after seventh grade, she's recovering from the broken arm she got falling off a balance beam. And packed away in the moving boxes under her clothes and gymnastics trophies is a secret she'd rather forget.
Mia's change in scenery brings day camp, new friends, and time with her beloved grandmother. But Gram is convinced someone is trying to destroy her cricket farm. Is it sabotage or is Gram's thinking impaired from the stroke she suffered months ago?
Mia and her friends set out to investigate, but can they uncover the truth in time to save Gram's farm? And will that discovery empower Mia to confront the secret she's been hiding--and find the courage she never knew she had?
In a compelling story rich with friendship, science, and summer fun, a girl finds her voice while navigating the joys and challenges of growing up.---from the publisher
240 pages 978-1547602810 Ages 10-14
Keywords: secret, new experiences, grandmother, insects, crickets, science, friends, friendship, mystery, courage, 10 year old, 11 year old, 12 year old, 13 year old, 14 year old, girls and women, empowerment, diversity, diverse books, LGBTQ, broken arm, sexual abuse, consent, standing up for yourself, finding your voice, gymnastics, self respect, self confidence
"[A] deftly layered mystery about family, friendship, and the struggle to speak up." - Laurie Halse Anderson, bestselling author of Speak and Shout